On most nights in Japan there is a mass migration of thousands of gaijin travelling to the chain pub known as the HUB.
This strange spectacle is known in Japanese as “gaijindamari”, which loosely translates to “foreign animal gathering spot”.
Japanese scientists have remained baffled for decades by the natural occurrence and are yet to ascertain the real reasons why the foreign species continue to congregate at the same watering hole.
“Nobody knows why this strange phenomenon occurs,” says Japanese scientist Yuta Kagaku.
“It’s not like there isn’t a huge variety of fantastic bars and izakayas out there offering all-you-can-drink bargains for under 2,000 yen.”
The gaijindamari usually begins at around 6:00 p.m. and reaches its peak just before 9:00 p.m.
The gaijin sit quietly together, and then, every twenty minutes or so, they stand up approach the bar and then go back to the same spot.
This behavioural pattern occurs day after day, lasting for about four hours every evening.
“Communication very rarely occurs between gaijin from different social circles,” says Kagaku.
“What’s most baffling about the occurrence is the fact gaijin and gaijin hunters alike will come together to sit at the same spot at the same time and not approach each other.”
One common theory for the occurrence of this phenomenon is that most gaijin are attracted by the pull of a Happy Hour.
“But the half-price discount doesn’t apply to beers so this seems implausible,” says Kagaku.
“I’d say they keep coming back because there is that slim glimmer of hope that a group of gaijin hunters may be interested in a bit of karaoke.”